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Golf Canada – University of Victoria Vikes to play host at Morningstar Golf Club

PARKSVILLE, B.C. – Student athletes from the nation’s top university and college golf teams will measure their mettle at the 2016 edition of the Canadian University/College Championship. The 14th playing of the championship will be held May 31 to June 3 at Morningstar Golf Club in Parksville, B.C.

Conducted by Golf Canada, the event was created to provide Canada’s best university and college golfers with the opportunity to compete in a national event. The University of Victoria Vikes will play host as the country’s student athletes gather at Morningstar Golf Club. The Les Furber design founded in 1991 has been home to the 2009 and 2012 CN Future Links Pacific Championships, the 2010 Canadian Women’s Senior Championship and the B.C. event on the 2014 Canadian Women’s Tour.

“We are delighted to host this national championship and to welcome the teams and Golf Canada to the city of Parksville,” said Mike Loftus, Host Club Tournament Chair and Vice-President of Sales at the club. “The course is in excellent condition and this competition will add another exciting chapter to the history of our club. We look forward to the challenge it will provide these young men and women.”

“The Canadian University/College Championship is an excellent stage to showcase the talents of the country’s best collegiate golfers,” said Tournament Director Mary Beth McKenna. “It is an honour for these players to represent their schools. This championship is a culmination of their year-long efforts both in the classroom and on the course. I know they will each make their schools proud.”

The University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds men’s team looks to defend its national title following a decisive wire-to-wire win at the 2015 championship at Cutten Fields in Guelph, Ont. Jack Wood, 2014 individual champion Scott Secord and Evan Holmes will return in an effort to recreate the success which saw the team register a 12-stroke victory last year. Holmes of Calgary finished two strokes clear of the competition to claim individual honours.

Julie Brossoit, Caroline Ciot, Veronique Fortin-Latreille and Sarah-Andréa Landry of the Université de Montréal Carabins women’s team hung on to capture team honours in 2015. The quartet will return as the school chases a third national collegiate championship. Brynn Tomie of Bedford, N.S. – now graduated after having completed her studies at the University of Victoria – won last year’s individual title.

The 2016 competition will feature 20 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams from across the country vying for the national championship titles. Following the third round, the field will be reduced to the top 10 men’s teams and the top six women’s teams, in addition to any individuals within 15 shots of the lead. Additional information regarding the 2016 championship, including full team rosters, can be found here.

2016 UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP – MEN’S TEAMS:

  • Camosun College Chargers
  • Concordia University Stingers
  • École de technologie supérieure Piranhas
  • Georgian College Grizzlies
  • Niagara College Knights
  • Queen’s University Gaels
  • Université du Montréal Carabins
  • Université Laval Rouge et Or
  • University of Alberta Golden Bears
  • University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
  • University of Calgary Dino’s
  • University of Guelph Gryphons
  • University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
  • University of Manitoba Bisons
  • University of the Fraser Valley Cascades
  • University of Toronto Varsity Blues
  • University of Waterloo Warriors
  • University of Western Mustangs
  • University of Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
  • University of Victoria Vikes

2016 UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP – WOMEN’S TEAMS:

  • Humber College Hawks
  • Queen’s University Gaels
  • Université du Montréal Carabins
  • Université Laval Rouge et Or
  • University of Alberta Pandas
  • University of British Columbia Thunderbirds
  • University of Lethbridge Pronghorns
  • University of Toronto Varsity Blues
  • University of Victoria Vikes
  • University of Waterloo Warriors
  • University of Western Mustangs
  • University of Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks

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(t) 1-800-263-0009 x 258
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